Indeed, there are scholars who have theorized that a taste for ale prompted the beginning of agriculture, in which case humans have been brewing for some 10,000 years...
These ovens or hearths took the form of clay-covered hollows in the floor which were heated with burning wood.
For six thousand years and more it is the oven, however crude or complex, which has transformed the sticky wet dough into bread.
It is the oven which influences the final character of the loaf; the effieciencycy of an oven, or lack of it, can determine the success or failure of any bread baker's business. It was the Egyptians who first used a manufactured portable oven.
There is an alternate theory regarding the invention of brewing.
Some historians believe it is possible that brewing began when the first cereal crops were domesticated.